2011-08-25 / General Stories


(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

“There’s Nobody like Him!”

Ella has been an invalid for several years. She can’t move without help and battles frequent infections. She can’t remember much anymore. Most days she sits in her wheelchair, staring blankly at whatever is in front of her.

She acts pretty disinterested in life, until you mention Jesus.

When she hears, “Jesus,” she immediately becomes alert. She smiles and begins nodding her head, saying things like, “Yes, I know Him,” “He’s real,” and “There’s nobody like Him!”

In hospice, I have seen this time and again. When the mind starts to go, many people still retain whatever is most important to them. Whatever a person has practiced becomes permanent in their life. For Ella, that’s Jesus.

Her family told me that she began clinging to Him at an early age. He was there for her through abuse, the death of siblings and parents, severe illness, and poverty. Her adult life wasn’t any easier. Yet she refused to think like a victim and rose above her circumstances. She overcame so much. She broke the cycle of abuse in her family. Her life was one of great impact. And she’s not done yet!

What do I want to become permanent in my life? What do I want to be known for? Am I practicing those things?

Our lives are speaking all the time. Our actions declare to the world what’s really important to us.

Thank you, Ella. You are an inspiration.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice and is interim Minister at First Baptist Church in Lexington

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